August 1, 2014
10:54 am

Gerald H. White, 83

Gerald H. (Gerry) White passed away Friday, August 9, at Loyola Medical Center,
with his family at his side, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor scooter
accident in Bradley.
            Gerry was born on August 14, 1929 in Morris, IL, the son of Harry and
Emma (Gunderson) White.  He married Janis R. Southcombe, of Morris, on
September 16, 1950, and they grew a family of four children: Steve, Kathy, Kerry
and Kim.    He farmed south of Morris for many years, while raising their family,
singing in the barbershop chorus, and he also sang with his beautiful tenor
voice for many celebrations over the years – weddings, funerals, and church
services.  They moved to the Gardner area and farmed there until 1979, when
he left the farm, and purchased a men’s clothing store in Dwight, IL, ‘Gerald’s
Men’s Wear’.  In the early 80’s they moved to Earlville, where he worked as a
loan officer for Production Credit Association.
            Gerry and Jan moved to Ottawa in 1984, where he was self-employed
doing general remodeling for many years.  In 1993, they moved back to Morris
where he was an apartment supervisor and manager.  He also worked at the
U.C. Davis and Sons Funeral Home for many years as a greeter.  They worshipped
and worked with new friends and old, until moving to Bourbonnais, IL in 2006.
  Gerry also thoroughly enjoyed woodworking, and his children and grandchildren
own many of his loving creations, furniture items and special boxes.
            Gerry dearly loved all of his children, his ten grandchildren, and seven (soon
to be 10) great-grandchildren.  One of his passions was keeping up with all of them
on Facebook, and quickly printing and framing or posting their pictures in their home.
            He so enjoyed their many friends in Bourbonnais, their McDonald’s coffee
group, their church family and Saturday morning breakfasts with any family members
who could come.
            Gerry is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Janis, his three daughters,
Kathy (Richard) Fosen, of Bourbonnais, Kerry (William) Brannan, of Ames, Iowa,
and Kim (Wayne) Czyz, Ottawa, IL.  Also surviving are his ten grandchildren; Kathy
(Nick) Hitch, John White, Mike White, Rebecca (Tony) Macha, Elizabeth Fosen,
Abigail (Eric) Johnson, Katie (Eli) Suddarth, Jackie (Phil)Young, Kristin (Andy) Zell,
Ryan Czyz and great grandchildren, Chloe, Tanner, Hailey, Jameson, Jackson,
Annabelle, and Sydney.  He also leaves behind his brother, Richard (Beverly) White,
brother-in-law Charles (Babe) Southcombe, and sister-in-law Dodie (Donald) Pfeifer.
            He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Goldie Mae, his parents, Harry
and Emma White, his brothers, Walter, Harold, and twin brother, Gene.  Also
preceding him were his daughter-in-law, Janet, and his son, Steve.
            Visitation will be Tuesday evening, August 13, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
at the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home. A Celebration of Gerry’s life will be held at
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August, 14, 2013 at the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home.
  Officiating will be Pastor Scott Henley, Pastor Mike Southcombe, and Eli Suddarth.
  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  Preferred memorials should be made in
Gerry’s name to the Asbury Methodist Church, 196 S Harrison Street, Kankakee,
Illinois 60901. 
Arrangements have been entrusted with the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home
located at 301 W. Washington Street in Morris, Illinois. For further information
contact the funeral home at (815) 942-0084.
Online condolences may be made by visiting our website,
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